CHICAGO -- Maggie Lucas scored 19 points Sunday and Ariel Edwards added 15 as No. 12 Penn State held off Northwestern 79-75.
Dara Taylor, Peyton Whitted and Talia East each scored 11 for the Lady Lions (17-4, 8-1 Big Ten).
Maggie Lyon's 3-pointer with 58 seconds to play pulled Northwestern to within 74-73. Lauren Douglas fouled Edwards with 43 seconds to go and Edwards made both for a 76-73 Penn State lead. Ashley Deary and Alex Cohen each made a free throw for Northwestern, but Kaliyah Mitchell sealed the Penn State win with two free throws with 2 seconds left.
Northwestern led 11-8 on a trey by Cohen, but East's layup put Penn State up 12-11 and they led 44-31 at halftime.
Lyon led Northwestern (14-8, 4-5) with 26, Cohen had 18, Douglas 15 and Christen Inman 11.